PADMA VISWANATHAN is a fiction writer, playwright, and journalist, whose debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, was published to international acclaim and shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book Award (Canada and the Caribbean), and the PEN USA Fiction Award. Her work has received many awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from the Canada Council, as well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Banff Centre, and the Sacatar Foundation. She lives with her family in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Viswanathan's intricate and empathetic tale deftly reveals the cultural rifts of immigration, post-9/11 politics, and conflicts of faith exposed by this real-world tragedy and its lasting reverberations. — Booklist